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State Champ Dragons To Face Minisink For Sectional Title

KINGSTON – The Road (Back) To Syracuse for the Cornwall High School football team began with a drive to Kingston to start the Section 9, Class A playoffs.

The defending state champion and top-seeded Dragons opened the postseason defense of their crown with a 40-26 win over No. 4 New Paltz Friday night at Dietz Stadium in a semifinal matchup.

Cornwall, the No. 1 team in the state, is now 8-0 overall and has won 20 consecutive games. The Dragons will face No. 3 Minisink Valley for the Section 9 title on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., right back at Dietz Stadium.

The rematch of last year’s sectional title game between the Dragons and the Huguenots was a fun affair. Cornwall had at least a two-score lead three different times in the game, only to see New Paltz come back.

But it was running back Amin Woods who was just too much for the Huguenots, running 20 times for 275 yards and four touchdowns.

“Amin probably had his best game of the season, if not his career,” Cornwall coach Ryan Baldock said. “The O-Line really stepped up and made it happen for him tonight.”

Minisink was a 28-26 winner over Goshen as Kai Colon ran for a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and the Warriors batted down a potential game-tying two-point conversion attempt to seal the victory.

Minisink’s Kyle Killenberger was a workhorse, carrying 38 times for 182 yards. Goshen’s Matt Giordano threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns.

Please enjoy this photo gallery from the Cornwall-New Paltz game by our Karl Grant Jr. All images are for sale through Karl, who can be reached at or @Karlgrant2019

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